Friday, October 19, 2018 02:11:37 PM
US considering waivers on Iran oil sanctions
The United States is actively considering sanctions waivers for countries that are reducing their imports of Iranian oil, a U.S. government official said on Friday.
The Trump administration withdrew from a deal over Tehran's nuclear programme in May and is unilaterally reimposing sanctions on Iran's crude oil consumers on Nov. 4. The sanctions aim to force Tehran to stop its involvement in conflicts in Syria and Iraq and halt its ballistic missile programme. Iran says it has abided by the 2015 nuclear deal, which was struck with five other world powers, besides the United States.
S Arabia threatens to block key UN
Oil giant Saudi Arabia is seeking to block adoption of a key UN climate change report unless a passage highlighting the inadequacy of national carbon-cutting pledges is removed or altered, multiple sources told AFP.
Already in overtime, a meeting of the 195-nation Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Incheon, South Korea is vetting a major report that traces pathways for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit).
AFP, San Antonio
Japanese troops stormed a beach in the Philippines Saturday in joint exercises with US and Filipino troops that officials said marked the first time Tokyo's armoured vehicles rolled on foreign soil since World War II.
The small Japanese contingent played a humanitarian support role in the drill after US and Filipino marines made an amphibious landing to retake Philippine territory from a "terrorist" group.
Romania votes in
Romania goes to the polls this weekend in a referendum on a narrow definition of marriage that the ruling Social Democrats hope will re-energise flagging grassroots support among the country's overwhelmingly Orthodox population.
Nearly 19 million Romanians are entitled to vote in the plebiscite which aims to alter the wording of the constitution to define marriage explicitly as between a man and woman, rather than simply "spouses" as it has stated since 1991.
13 militants killed in eastern Afghan provinces
Thirteen militants have been killed in separate incidents in two eastern Afghan provinces, the country's Defense Ministry said Saturday.
In one incident, nine Taliban militants were killed and three others wounded after Afghan army troops launched a cleanup operation in Andar district of Ghazni province on Friday, the ministry said in a statement.
AFTER letting many businessmen get away with loan defaults, the government has finally become stern towards loan default and loan scammers by arresting Chattogram-based SA Group's managing director. Also a director of Mercantile Bank, Sahabuddin Alam was arrested on Wednesday on at least five counts of loan irregularities. The irregularities ...
Reuters, Philadelphia :U.S. President Donald Trump said his wife, first lady Melania Trump, was safe on Wednesday after a mechanical problem forced her airplane, which was headed for Philadelphia, to return to the Joint Base Andrews military facility in Maryland."They had a problem, but she's fine," Trump said in an ...
Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Ayub Bachchu, mostly known as AB, is the legendary name in the history of Bangladeshi band music. He was born in Chattogram on August 16, 1962. With tremendous fan acceptance Ayub Bachchu is famous for his fabulous guitar playing. He has started his music career from his ...
AP, Brussels :Arnaut Groeneveld celebrated his first start for the Netherlands by scoring a first-half equalizer Tuesday as the Dutch drew 1-1 with neighbor Belgium.The 21-year-old midfielder who plays for Belgium's Club Brugge rounded off a flowing Dutch move in the 27th minute, controlling the ball with his left foot ...
AFP, Jeddah :Brazil snatched a dramatic 1-0 win over Argentina with an injury-time header from Miranda in their friendly match in front of a sell-out crowd in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.The Inter Milan centre-back was left all alone to thump in a 93rd-minute effort from Neymar's corner when the ...
WHEN the country is facing a political uncertainty over the polls-time government coupled with the dissatisfactory role of the Election Commission, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said the Election Commission will do everything necessary to hold free and fair elections. Its sound good but the hollowness ...
Reuters, London :"Milkman" by writer Anna Burns scooped the 2018 Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, with the Northern Irish writer winning the literary award for her third full-length novel.Set in an unnamed city during the bloody "Troubles" of Northern Ireland, the "Milkman" tells the coming-of-age story of a young girl's ...
Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Affri Selina is establishing her position in media slowly day by day. Earlier, she had interest to perform as a model in showbiz but later she became interested to acting. So, now she has full concentration to acting. Yesterday she took part in shooting of a music ...
ICC World Cup (WC) Trophy will arrive in Bangladesh today as part of its worldwide 'Trophy Tour' ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 scheduled to be held in England.The trophy will be visiting Bangladesh's three cities - Dhaka, Sylhet and Chattogram over five days period. It will be displayed ...
AFP, Colombo :The Maldives' top court rejected on Tuesday three "secret" witnesses offered by President Abdulla Yameen in his petition to have his September election defeat annulled, in what is likely a major blow to his case.The refusal came as the Supreme Court concluded its hearings, which also saw Yameen ...
AFP, San Francisco :Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later went on to become an investor, philanthropist and sports team owner, died Monday after his latest battle with cancer at age 65."My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul ...